In this episode, we talk to Alex Morales, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, PMP, LEED Green Assoc., about structural steel design and how he went from architecture to falling in love with steel. He also talks about some of the latest innovative steel systems and how they are helping structural engineers.
As 2021 opens, my optimism bias is on full tilt. Empathizing with the global socio-economic trauma caused by COVID-19, I am certain that regenerative infrastructure investments can underpin recovery. Yet will they? Will investments in our social and civil infrastructure, benefiting from a period of unprecedented disruption, have inclusive sustainable societal implications?
Scott Galloway’s Post Corona provides a witty, thoughtful, and forward-leaning analysis of this disruptive moment. Led by big tech, he concludes that we can “take any trend — social, business, or personal — and fast forward ten years.” Is the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry on the same trajectory?
I believe that we are ready for this moment. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals shape infrastructure public policy demands. The ASCE Scorecard describes U.S. infrastructure needs across asset classes, a framework which in its next iteration should include healthcare and housing. AIAI Infra, described recently during Monday’s with Marshall as “Independents for Infrastructure” (love this!), promotes public private collaborations where asset interdependencies are solutioned to accelerate community improvements.
This is a guest blog by Roger Liucci
Every building project, no matter how small, comes with many aspects to consider and disciplines to reconcile. Sometimes, that’s the hardest part — having everyone work together without getting in each other’s way. For decades now, architects, engineers, and building contractors have looked for ways to resolve this problem, as well as cut project costs and increase efficiency. Finally, it seems that the solution is here, in the form of BIM.
What Is BIM?
BIM stands for building information modeling, and it can be understood in two ways: as a process and as software. In both cases, BIM helps coordinate all aspects of the building project and allows the team to collaborate. Aside from that, it lets civil engineers troubleshoot the building before it’s even built and explore different options for project completion.
In this episode, we talk to Jennifer Traut-Todaro. SE, LEED AP, a senior engineer at the American Institute of Steel Construction about equity in the AEC world. She expands on some of the challenges faced in the office environment and in the trades and how you can become more involved in the AEC Industry.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Jennifer:
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Badri Hiriyur, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Thornton Tomasetti (TT) about the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the AEC industry and how it may affect your design and forensic processes as an engineer.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Dr. Badri Hiriyur, Ph.D.:
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Anne Ellis, a leader in the AEC industry, about the ASCE SEI Global Practice Guide. Anne provides five very important points that structural engineers should know about this guide.
The Global Practice Guide, developed by and for the structural engineering community, highlights those areas requisite for global practice that are beyond the structural engineer’s domestic field of training, including culture, design, and construction as well as legal and financial issues. This Guide intends to raise awareness of — and seed inquiry into — specific topics that can provide appropriate assistance whether you are contemplating global practice, considering go-no-go decisions on specific opportunities, and/or formulating project planning.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Anne in This Episode:
This is a guest blog by BigTime Software, Inc
Navigating how to operate your business through the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge. While much is still unknown, and we’re a little over a month in the shelter-in-place order, we were curious to see how professional services firms in the architecture, engineering, and consulting industries are adapting.
What we found is that the AEC industry is depending on the resilience of the U.S economy, and the majority do not plan to consider staff reductions. Business owners seem to be taking on the risk themselves, as they likely view their firm as more than just a business, but a personal investment.
Learn more about the choices AEC firms of various sizes are making regarding the CARES Act, business strategy, recovery plans, and more in the infographic below.
This is a guest blog by John Beck, MBA
It’s no secret that organic growth in any business follows a natural S-curve, with a period of infancy, followed by aggressive expansion, and ultimately maturity. Inherently, achieving exponential growth later in the business cycle is more challenging than achieving exponential growth at the outset.
A vast majority of revenue at an established engineering firm often comes from existing clients, which makes scaling difficult and puts more pressure on relationship building and maintaining. There are a number of factors specific to the engineering industry that can affect growth. I’d like to highlight three factors that affects growth in the AEC Industry.